"Dob in a bikie"

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Police are asking the WA public to "dob in a bikie". 

They've organised a special  phone-in day hoping that people will call with information about bikies involved in violent crime, drugs, firearms and prostitution.

Callers can remain anonymous.

Assistant Commissioner Craig Ward said: "The public can help us in this fight and they can do so without fear of being identified.

The phone-in day will happen on May 20.

As well as stopping crime the police want to stop the bikie gangs recruiting new members. They're urging people who have a loved-one who is considering becoming a bikie to let the police know.

Assistant Commissioner Ward said: "Bikies are the primary movers of crystal meth in WA, then there is the extortion and the violence. Do you really want to see your family member go down this path? We would implore family members to come forward now before their love one gets too involved."

A similar anti-bikie phone-in day in 2009 led to police prosecuting 69 bikies on 189 charges. In addition drugs worth almost $11 million were taken off the streets.

Police say that there are nine known criminal bikie gangs in WA including more than 440 patched members and nominees. They are spread across 27 chapters and 28 clubhouses around the state.

So far this year police investigations into bikie gangs have resulted in 54 arrests and 405 charges. 36 illegal firearms and over 700kg of cannabis and methylamphetamine have been seized.

Police Minister Liza Harvey said: "We have to catch these gangs and we have to dismantle them."

Tough anti-association laws aimed at breaking up bikie gangs and other criminal organisations were passed by the state parliament in late 2012 and came into force in November last year. So far no charges have been brought under the new laws.

The Police Minister today defended the slow pace of the government and the police in enforcing these laws saying that they wanted to bring cast iron cases to court rather than allegations which could be overturned by lawyers.

"We know that once the very first charge is brought that there will be an army of lawyers employed by these bikie thugs and paid for with drug money who will be trying to overthrow that charge," she said.

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